An old Greek proverb says: “Radish is worth the weight of lead, beet the weight of silver and horseradish the weight of gold.”
Name of horseradish used by ancient Slavs for shrub-like plant whose tree grows up to 1.2 meters from the cross-arranged petals. It usually grows in damp areas. Her homeland is in Eastern and southern Europe, where it can still be found growing in its wild form. With these premises plant has spread throughout the world. If you happen to have had the opportunity to taste wasabi, or Japanese horseradish, you probably noticed that tastes similar to European horseradish. The only difference is that the wasabi is green and horseradish is white.
Today, horseradish probably is among the least used medicinal plants, which essentially is a shame, since it contains a number of favorable effects on our health. In ancient times, horseradish along with many medicinal plants, is mentioned in the writings of the famous Roman natural scientist Pliny the Elder called Armoracia. Apart from the Romans it was used by the ancient Greeks to solve problems related to back pain, and against the lack of sexual desire. During colonial America used to be a very effective and natural toothpaste.
Healing properties of horseradish
You came to your friend’s family to lunch. On the table is served a rich meal. You eat soup, potatoes, meat, and a small container of the horseradish sauce that you consume for the first time. You say to yourself: “I tried everything but come on, I’ll try this …” Suddenly, tears coming to your eyes, mucus coming from the nose and lots of unpleasant things. You blush and run to the toilet. After you’ve washed and blew your nose, it happens during the lunch a few more times and you sneeze. But you took a little too much sauce, but you did not know it was so strong …
One of the main features of horseradish his strong and keen taste. Often used in the preparation of meals during the holidays, probably so that your body can be more easily cleaned of heavy food that we consume then. In addition to having a strong flavor of horseradish contains many medicinal properties. It is rich in minerals and vitamins, an excellent detoxifier, and anti-cancer effect in malignant diseases of the liver, colon and small intestine, esophagus and bladder.
The cause of this is the fact that it contains substances which inhibit the above mentioned disease. These ingredients are glycoside sinigrin and allyl isothiocyanate, or modern science in her interesting because of its antibiotic and anticarcinogenic effects. Allyl isothiocyanate has a positive effect against the spread of bacteria in food, which makes it a natural preservative. Horseradish is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B1, B6, iron and calcium, while magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin B2 are found in smaller amounts. In the winter, will protect us from the cold, and clean our airways. It stimulates digestion, heart rate and blood circulation, helps with rheumatism and raises our natural immunity.
Wide range of applications
When treating or preparing meals with horseradish is used mainly its root. The root is always chopped in small parts or slots in the rings, and never cooked, because while cooking disappears essential oil contained therein. To get a fresh and particularly keen taste, horseradish root should be left to stand in water for 24 hours. Then grate it in the cream, broth, or any dish of your choice. Hot and strong flavor of horseradish will clear your sinuses and airways, no matter how severe food you consumed. But if you have sensitive digestion, and difficult to tolerate spicy food, add a little apple to alleviate this fierceness.
To dispel headache take leaves of horseradish, and press them on the sore spot. Also, grated horseradish root in the lining will help with frostbite, infected wounds, stiff muscles, rheumatic joints and sciatica.
Excessive use of horseradish can cause blisters on the skin. If you have a thyroid problem and kidney is recommended that you avoid the use of these plants.
Other Horseradish benefits …